Colleges like UW-Madison?

<p>Can anybody name a few colleges with similar characteristics to UW-Madison? Both academically and socially?</p>

<p>The characteristics I'm hinting at are:
Huge campus
Good engineering department
Highly active student body (Hoofers club)
Good sports team
Party school
Beautiful campus
Bike friendly
Nice Town</p>

<p>There isn't bound to be another college just like it, but any colleges that are similar? The only one I could come up with is VTECH (good party school, engineering, nice town, beautiful, football, etc).</p>

<p>U Texas-Austin, Colorado-Boulder</p>

<p>Less party: UC Berkely, UMich. </p>

<p>Don't really see Vtech in the mix.</p>

<p>I'm a poli Sci Major, but UW is my top choice, and I'm looking for similar things as you.
I am going to apply to: Wisconsin, Texas, Washington, Pitt, Ohio State, Rutgers and LSU. So if that helps you, I think Ohio State is pretty good for sciences.</p>

<p>Thanks for the posts, Texas (austin) seems pretty similar from what I'm reading.</p>

<p>Michigan, UCLA, UT-Austin, UDub, Florida, Colorado.</p>

<p>Clemson? </p>

<p>(10 char)</p>

<p>Ofcourse, overlooked the UW (Washington). Great bike friendly location, and school. Sports are big. Awesome combo of city with three national parks within 3 hours.</p>

<p>University of Iowa- Iowa City*
University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign*
Indiana University- Bloomington*
University of Texas- Austin*
University of Arizona- Tuscon
University of Washington- Seattle
University of Oregon- Eugene
University of Colorado- Boulder
Many of the UC's, including University of Southern California
I literally could place just about any university on this list so those with * are school most similar to UW-Madison in general, including academics, student life etc...</p>

<p>Stanford matches your criteria, although it's obviously considered a big step up from Wisconsin.</p>

<p>Millions of years ago, I crossed Wisconsin-Iowa border on my way to somewhere -- I have no recollection where I was going. I stopped by Iowa City and tried to find the Uinv. of Iowa, a school I was applying to earlier for graduate study. Half way through I gave up and continued my journey....because I had hard time enjoying the city and finding the school.</p>

<p>Coolbrezze, U. of Iowa is no Madison.</p>

<p>sanningen, Although Wisconsin has the better overall academic rep, when I read your list of criteria I immediately thought of two schools that I know of: VT and Clemson. Neither has what I would consider a huge campus because they seem so well laid out. Both are beautiful schools, have very strong engineering programs, incredible school spirit and from what my avid biker son (who just finished his second year at Tech) has told me, the biking opportunities are abundant in the Blacksburg area. Good luck with your search!</p>

<p>For engineering, nice campus, very strong academics, great college town, and strong sports, I like UIUC, Michigan, Colorado, UT Austin, Washington, UCLA, Cal. I agree with Coolbrezze that Iowa is a great school, but engineering is not their strength (Iowa is good for engineering, but Iowa State is more engineering-focused). Indiana does not have an engineering department. I also like the University of Kansas a lot...a very over-looked school due to location. A few others I'd throw in based on your criteria are UConn, Northwestern and Pitt. Maybe take a look at Florida while you are at it.</p>

<p>Illinois
10 char</p>

<p>@KandKsmom</p>

<p>From what I searched today, after Wisco I like VT and Clemson the best.</p>

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Millions of years ago, I crossed Wisconsin-Iowa border on my way to somewhere -- I have no recollection where I was going. I stopped by Iowa City and tried to find the Uinv. of Iowa, a school I was applying to earlier for graduate study. Half way through I gave up and continued my journey....because I had hard time enjoying the city and finding the school.</p>

<p>Coolbrezze, U. of Iowa is no Madison.

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ewho it's hard to believe you since finding downtown Iowa City is as easy as finding the university, try looking at google map or any map you will notice and probably actually venture in Iowa City since it sounds like you were in a different place... which all makes since why you couldn't find the university, you were not in Iowa City. Once you go to Iowa City, and those who have been there often compare it to other college towns like Madison ( which have a larger population), and as you expressed there are preferences but each are great.</p>

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try looking at google map or any map you will notice and probably actually venture in Iowa City since it sounds like you were in a different place...

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I could, but I was following the sign. BTW, google was not born by then. You can not miss Madison since it is an isthmus of three lakes.</p>

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I could, but I was following the sign. BTW, google was not born by then. You can not miss Madison since it is an isthmus of three lakes.

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That's understandable. Well Madison not only is dominated by UW-Madison but it's also Wisconsin capital city, where Iowa City was once the capital city. I agree, Madison is a great place and retreated with lakes, but Iowa City is also a great place with lots of recognition ( could name for many things), so with your spare time in the future you should probably try making a second visit to Iowa City, you just might enjoy the trip.</p>

<p>I may in the future. But this time, I will be looking for the Iowa City only, not the university. :)</p>

<p>Are you from Wisconsin?</p>

<p>If that's the case, Minnesota is the closest comparison you're going to find. Near the same distance from home for you (probably), the exact same price, huge campus, decent engineering program, fantastic new outdoor football stadium, and its a Midwest state school--so the partying is going to be great.</p>

<p>Also, the prestige of UMinnesota is going to be better in Wisconsin and Minnesota than the prestige of VTech is going to be in Virginia.</p>

<p>I am confused. One of the first criteria listed by the OP is "strong in Engineering". Unless that's not of great importance to the OP, I don't see how Vermont and Iowa can be listed. Those two universities don't even have an Engineering program. Clemson has an Engineering program, but it is not "strong".</p>